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The Blame Game: Asia, Democracy and Covid-19

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Winning the battle against the coronavirus pandemic is not a case of democracy vs. dictatorship or “East vs. West”. What matters are trust, equality and competence.

ASEAN

Democracy in Southeast Asia: Elites are an Obstacle

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Robin Ramcharan of the Asia Centre in Bangkok offers an approach for strengthening democratization in the region.

China

Challenging Days Ahead for Taiwan’s Re-elected Leader

Thursday, January 16, 2020

In her second term, Tsai Ing-wen will need to navigate a tricky path between hardliners in her pro-independence party and Beijing.

China

Taiwan’s Elections Highlight a Generation Gap

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Taiwan elections revealed a wide generation gap among voters. A reason for this gulf is the use of social media and different perspectives on divisive social issues.

Global

Governance and Stability in Cyberspace: What Will it Take?

Thursday, January 9, 2020

While governments have long seen cybersecurity as a national concern, the necessity of including non-state actors in relevant policymaking is slowly being recognized.

China

Shaping the Political Narrative of Hong Kong’s Opposition Movement

Thursday, December 26, 2019

What has kept the Hong Kong protests going? 2019 AsiaGlobal Fellow Massimiliano Santini believes it's all about political narrative.

Global

Agricultural Subsidies and Climate Change: A Policy Reflection from Africa

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Climate change is severely affecting smallholder farmers in Africa, who represent the majority of the agriculture sector across the continent.

Global

In Indonesia, Water Can Be a Public and Private Good

Thursday, December 5, 2019

As an archipelagic nation spread over 17,000 islands, Indonesia faces numerous challenges in addressing water supply and sanitation issues.

Global

How the UN Compact on Refugees Can Address the Rohingya Crisis

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Time to assess the international community's response to the dramatic increase of forced migrants: Rohingya refugee children attend class in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

China

Abe Power and the US-China Cold War

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Shinzo Abe, now Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, is steering Japan across tricky diplomatic waters.

China

The Almaty Spirit – Pathway to a Chinese Monroe Doctrine?

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin offers birthday greetings to Chinese leader Xi Jinping before the CICA plenary session in Dushanbe, June 15, 2019

Global

For a Truly Global Peace Agenda in a Multipolar World

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Global South, particularly China and other Asian countries, is more active in conflict prevention and resolution

India

India’s Lost Decade – and How It Can Be Reversed

Thursday, October 3, 2019

India could be settling into a structural slowdown - can its leaders implement necessary reforms such as meaningful measures to promote manufacturing?

Global

Big Picture, Small Scale: Systems Thinking on the Ground

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Tackling development challenges such as climate change and ageing demographics requires an understanding of the many different factors contributing to the problem. Global solutions are not always the answer – local approaches combined with systems thinking can prove more effective, writes veteran management consultant Arun Maira, Chairman of HelpAge International, a global NGO aimed at helping the elderly lead dignified lives.

Asia Pacific

Australia’s Pacific “Step Up” Stumbles

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Australia must find its home in the region instead of looking like the uncomfortable colonial among strangers.

China

Whose Rules-Based International Order is it Anyway?

Thursday, August 22, 2019

The Trump administration has turned away from the multilateralism that the United States itself created, leaving the rules-based international order under severe stress. Alejandro Reyes of the Asia Global Institute argues that attempts by some G7 countries and "like-minded" allies to strengthen the global system will have limited impact if their aim is to assert liberal values rather than shape a new order by working with China, India and other players who prefer pragmatism over preaching.

Asia Pacific

Lessons from Australia’s Financial Misconduct Shock

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Persistent and widespread misconduct has fueled distrust in the financial services sector. After an investigation lasting over a year, a commission of inquiry in Australia uncovered a shocking level of systemic malpractice and the culture of self-interest and lack of accountability that led to it. Asia-Pacific countries, where economies and services sectors are expanding rapidly, would be wise to learn from those mistakes, writes business ethics expert Eva Tsahuridu of RMIT University in Melbourne.

Asia Pacific

Is Asia Serious About Running the IMF?

Thursday, July 25, 2019

With the process for selecting a new managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) starting, Vasuki Shastry, who worked in senior communications and public affairs roles at the organization, argues that Asian countries should overcome their traditional reluctance and geopolitical impediments and differences to support a candidate from the region.